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Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht

As an Irishman, I was disappointed for Connacht. But...

That try is just a joy to watch. I find it remarkably similar to the famous Baa-Baas try against NZ, just a modern day version (complete with premature celebration!).

The dummy by May to beat the last man before he passes is something else.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14

You'd have to give similar treatment when backs get involved in the ugly stuff and score a "forward's" try. O'Driscoll barreled over a few times from the base of a ruck.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

Players would just get very adept at counting to 29 while writhing about on the ground!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

It might be marginal, but the flanker grabbing Parisse's shirt alters his trajectory and ends up making things worse.

But I agree totally with im above. What the f*@$ was he thinking picking Dulin up like that?

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

Not condoning JP's behaviour on that occasion, but I don't think you can compare that to this.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

When I read that he had received a red card for shoving a player's face in the ground, I thought it sounded harsh. But I was imagining the more common incident of face already on the ground, palm on the side of the head and lean down a bit just enough to rub it in (which I don't like to see but I don't get so offended by it as you never really know what has gone on in the game between the players in question).

But this is completely different, in the level of agression and the potential to even injure. It's pretty much a strike to the back of the head/neck and, as Dan mentions above, to a player that is not expecting it and might even be dazed or more from the original tackle.

A ban would be welcome.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

No argument with the decision, but...

Does anyone else think Nanai-Williams contributes to the outcome? He seems to almost flip backwards towards the ground, and his right leg gets up pretty high without really being lifted all the way. Now, it might be that he did indeed flip himself round because he thought "If I'm going to be dumped, I'm going to at least try to get my arms down to break the fall". Just wondering if anyone else saw it like this. I think there were a few incidents of the "victim" doing more to turn a tackle into a spear than the tackler - one Bryan Habana incident springs to mind, but I'm sure there were others.

Anyway, as I say, no argument with the decision and this just seemed to be a moment of stupidity from Prior.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

The Fearless Warrior of Irish mythology, Paul O'Connell

Nothing said or made about him will ever come close to being as good as that. The "Paul O'Connell pyjamas" bit makes me laugh out loud just thinking of it.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Could not agree more.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

It does look like he gives him a little left jab/open palm at the next ruck (to which Bismarck doesn't react because he knows it will result in the slo-mo of his kick to the head up on the big screens), but nothing more! Agree that his reaction, or lack of it, was commendable.

3 Months, 1 Week ago